In Titanic fashion, 95-year-old Vivian remembers a period of time in her life that forever impacted her and narrates her memories that date back to the 1940s, beginning when she got kicked out of college. From there, her tale carries the reader to Manhattan where her parents sent her to live with her Aunt Peg, the owner of an eccentric theater called the Lily Playhouse. Exposed to an array of people and lifestyles, Vivian eventually finds herself in a scandal that rocks her world and causes her to reconsider the life she's living, moving her to create the future she desires. A wildly beautiful coming-of-age story, Elizabeth Gilbert's vivid writing will leave a lasting impression and has the potential to move to the top spot of your list of favorite books.
Greta is a great pick if you're looking for something creepy and suspenseful. Frances, a girl who is mourning the loss of her mother, finds a handbag on the subway and returns it to its owner, a French piano teacher whom she befriends and believes is simply a lonely widow. However, Frances soon notices Greta's obsessive behavior, and takes the necessary steps to distance herself from the friendship. Greta, not happy about Frances ignoring her, becomes more erratic and takes matters into her own hands, determined not to lose Frances's attention. This film will have you completely engrossed until the last scene and is perfect for those who like realistic horror.
The Leisure Seeker (Rated R) is the perfect drama. John and Ella, a couple whose old age and struggle with Alzheimer's and cancer causes their children to check in on them frequently, decide to go on a spur of the moment trip to Key West in their RV, "The Leisure Seeker." Ella desperately tries to jog her husband's memory along the way, since he's forgetting the world around him by the day, while also fighting to take somewhat control of her cancer and caring for John as much as she can. The two discover things about each other on their journey even after decades of marriage. As their illnesses begin to take over, Ella takes matters into her own hands and has to make a choice for them both. Funny, heartfelt, frustrating, and, overall, a beautiful depiction of family and love, The Leisure Seeker will make you appreciate life in a deeper way.